Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here
In light of the coronavirus situation, and in response to Governor DeWine’s recent orders, the CMBA has made the decision to cancel the March and April Pro Se Divorce and Plus clinics, along with our partners in Legal Aid and the Cleveland Law Library. In the hope that the situation will clear later in the spring, our target date for clinics to resume will be later in May.
Legal Aid will continue to serve clients, while at the same time being responsible and ensuring that they do everything possible to limit the odds of transmitting the virus. While all in-person intake clinics have been suspended temporarily, they continue to accept requests for help online and by phone – read more about their COVID-19 response here
. Seek help from Legal Aid at lasclev.org
or cal (216) 687-1900.
For the community at large:
- Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) is a group of organizers and community members who are helping facilitate the exchange of services, donations and volunteer time in Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can request help at cleveland.recovers.org.
- Childcare Request from CPR - click here
- Free child care for essential workers provided by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland - click here
- The Greater Cleveland Food Bank: greaterclevelandfoodbank.org
- Local free meals - click here
- If your employment situation has changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP office - click here for Cuyahoga County.
- Comcast to offer free broadband to low-income households amid Coronavirus crisis - click here
- COVID-19 interest-free emergency loans from HFLA of Northeast Ohio - click here
- If your financial situation has changed with the COVID-19 outreach, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Go to the Medicaid Eligibility website to see if you qualify and start the enrollment process.
- Many community health clinics offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay. In Cuyahoga County, resources include Care Alliance or Neighborhood Family Practice.
- If you or a member of your family is undocumented, please do not forgo medical help! Learn more about how seeking treatment or preventative care will NOT affect your immigration status by clicking here.
- Check how your bank is responding to the coronavirus crisis - click here
Pro Se and Pro Se "Plus" Divorce Clinics
Sponsored by The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the Cleveland Law Library, and the CMBA's Family Law Section, Pro Se Divorce Clinics serve 20-30 indigent individuals who are seeking a simple divorce and who have no minor children or assets, through the help of volunteer family law and Legal Aid attorneys who guide attendees through the process and paperwork without committing to any further representation. Pro Se Divorce Clinics are held monthly at the Cleveland Law Library in the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, so participants may attend a clinic and file in the same day.
Pro Se "Plus" guides participants through a simple divorce where there are minor children from the marriage but where support and custody are not in dispute. Plus clinics are held the same day as regular clinics, but every other month.
Volunteers can serve by attending clinics or by completing paperwork for Pro Se "Plus" prior to the clinics on their own schedule.
The Pro Se and Pro Se "Plus" Divorce Clinics are programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.